- SEC to allow satellite camps if NCAA doesn't ban them Updated: May-27-15 9:54 pm
DESTIN, Florida - The Southeastern Conference will either change the rules regarding recruiting camps or join in the chase.
- Alabama senators look for ways to patch general fund budget Updated: May-27-15 9:02 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - It's coming down to the final days of the legislative session as state senators look for ways to patch a hole in the general fund budget and avoid the deep cuts to state services that Gov. Robert Bentley has warned about for months
- NYC mayor urges Albany to act on rent rules, schools Updated: May-27-15 8:57 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to strengthen his city's rent regulations and modify a real estate tax break to require more affordable housing, saying there is no excuse for inaction on issues affecting millions of city residents.
- Big 12 schools could face big penalties for court storming Updated: May-27-15 8:53 pm
IRVING, Texas - Big 12 Conference schools could now face fines, and even the loss of future home games, for failing to keep fans from storming courts or rushing fields after games.
- Budget panel authorizes borrowing for building projects Updated: May-27-15 8:41 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee has authorized borrowing tens of millions of dollars for building projects around the state.
- Panel OKs seeking office space outside Madison, Milwaukee Updated: May-27-15 8:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has approved a Republican plan that calls for looking to lease state office space outside Madison and Milwaukee.
- Committee rejects new emergency government office Updated: May-27-15 8:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee have rejected Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues following a disaster.
- Panel plans stiffer penalties for unemployment fraud Updated: May-27-15 8:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has imposed stiffer civil penalties for unemployment fraud but scrapped plans to create harsher criminal penalties.
- House Finance unveils draft spending plan Updated: May-27-15 8:32 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The House Finance Committee unveiled a draft state spending plan Wednesday that seeks to dial up pressure on minority Democrats to end a long-running impasse over the budget.
- House passes 'mini' capital projects plan Updated: May-27-15 8:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has approved legislation funding capital projects as Democrats make a piecemeal attempt to push a budget through the General Assembly.
- Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget Updated: May-27-15 8:27 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats agreed to give some of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's priority reforms a platform Wednesday but still voted them down in an exercise that could further fuel a politically charged standoff that's expected to extend the summer.
- US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away' Updated: May-27-15 8:10 pm
HAVANA - The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.
- Dayton and lawmakers refocus budget fight on education Updated: May-27-15 8:07 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - With the location of a special session sorted, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders zeroed in on a budget impasse Wednesday that touches several areas of state government but hinges mostly on the state's public schools budget.
- Greece says deal close, Schaeuble quashes optimism Updated: May-27-15 8:04 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's cash-strapped government insisted Wednesday it was "very close" to reaching a vital deal with bailout lenders, but the optimism in Athens was swiftly shot down by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.
- Committee approves prevailing wage repeal bill Updated: May-27-15 8:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's prevailing wage law, supported by the construction industry and opposed by conservative Republicans, would be repealed under a bill passed Wednesday by an Assembly labor committee.
- Bond referenda on agenda as McCrory, Pope meet GOP lawmakers Updated: May-27-15 7:53 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory pitched bond referenda once again Wednesday to fellow Republicans in charge of the General Assembly.
- Missed deadline means no St. Louis stadium vote this summer Updated: May-27-15 7:50 pm
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis residents won't be voting this summer on using tax dollars to build a new $985-million riverfront football stadium.
- Senate takes up road funding; House approves special session Updated: May-27-15 7:49 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - With just four days left in South Carolina's regular legislative session, the Senate finally began debating a bill to fund road and bridge construction.
- House passes testing reform, change in grad requirements Updated: May-27-15 7:21 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a dramatic change in Washington's high school graduation requirements.
- Budget committee approves long-term care changes Updated: May-27-15 7:15 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the state's Family Care program and wrap the IRIS program into it.
- Brownback looks at possible worker furloughs amid budget row Updated: May-27-15 7:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office is working to determine when it would have to inform state workers they would be furloughed if a budget is not passed on time, the governor's spokeswoman said Wednesday.
- FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate Updated: May-27-15 7:00 pm
WASHINGTON - As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.
- Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget Updated: May-27-15 6:59 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Funding for Illinois' public schools would increase by roughly $240 million next year under a proposal Democrats are advancing in the Legislature.
- FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls Updated: May-27-15 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON - Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating - and the government is taking note.
- Budget writers uphold changes to public risk pool oversight Updated: May-27-15 6:32 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Secretary of State's office plans to continue fighting a proposal in the Senate's budget that takes away its authority to monitor the state's public risk pools.